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Long ago, I took a mat Pilates class and found it rather dull and unchallenging. But this goes back a solid 10 to 15 years, before it became mainstream. Over time, however, I’ve learned that Pilates isn’t about the “no…...

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If you’ve ever done workout routines or abdominal exercises using a DVD in your living room, you know that a great instructor is KEY in motivating you to get off the couch. Regular, consistent exercise on a long term basis…...

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by Tara Gibson Because the title “Pilates” can be used to describe any type of exercise that incorporates some aspect of the original Pilates method, finding a legitimate, effective, and safe studio with reputable instructors can be a consuming process.…...

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Let’s assume we’re talking about a Pilates mat class and not a session involving all of the equipment. People are generally more familiar with the class environment because it is more common and much cheaper than having a one-on-one session.…...

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Having been a group fitness instructor for over 15 years, I am not one to ‘relax’ when I exercise.   And until recently, I found both Pilates and Yoga to lack the intensity that I needed to feel as though I…...

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I’m 5′ 2″ and 125 pounds with a ‘mesomorph’ body type (think Yellow Labrador Retriever versus Greyhound).  I’m happy with this…I love being strong and muscular.  That said, I’ve always thought of myself as being muscular in a ‘thick’ way. About a week…...

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The past couple of times I’ve spoken at Spa Industry conferences, I’ve heard industry experts describe the consumers’ perception of a spa as “a place to get fluffed and buffed,” implying that spas are purely meant for superficial grooming benefits.  Sure,…...

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by Tara Gibson Let’s blame it on laptops, plasma TVs, and free delivery. Lifestyles today have become sedentary. We use our minds, our words, and our fingertips to accomplish most daily tasks, leaving our underused – or misused – bodies…...

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by Tara Gibson I say to any new client, “It will probably take at least five lessons before you even get a sense of the exercises.” Pilates is a very different experience from other types of exercise. At the beginning,…...

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Yes, I’m a believer.  I really feel that when you strength train, a little pain means a lot of gain.  There is such a thing as overdoing it, but a little pain means that you had a good workout the…...

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